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Drake apologizes for 'Take Care' album delay

October 10, 2011 | 12:10 pm

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Drake is apologizing to his fans after he was forced to push his highly anticipated sophomore effort, "Take Care," back a few weeks to Nov. 15.

The album originally was due on the rapper's birthday (Oct. 24), but he said he needed to delay the release in order to get clearance for three samples he wanted to use on it.

"I have completed 19 songs (17 on physical and 2 on bonus), and have run into a roadblock of clearing 3 samples in time to make the October 24th date," he wrote in a statement on his website. "My options were to take the songs off and make the birthday release happen, or to take an extra couple weeks to get the paperwork right and give you the album the way I NEED you to hear it. The choice was clear as day for me. November 15th you will get Take Care the exact way I created it with no trimmings. This music means too much to me to get attached to dates and I do apologize for the delay but I promise that it is only for the benefit of our experience together."

He has also postponed his upcoming Club Paradise college tour until after the holidays, so he can hit more schools.

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-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
twitter.com/GerrickKennedy

Photo: Drake performs at the second-annual OVO Festival at Molson Amphitheatre on July 31 in Toronto. Credit: George Pimentel / WireImage

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